Folk Art Inspired Cork Horse

We made these adorable Folk Art inspired Cork Horses to go along with our State Studies Kentucky week. The horses have now moved into the girls' farm play center and have adjusted nicely. ;)

Materials:

  • 2 wine corks
  • tooth picks
  • craft glue or hot glue gun
  • scrap yarn and felt
  • craft knife and cutting board
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • optional: craft paint & paint brush

The first step is for parents only... the rest the kids can pretty much do on their own. Use a sharp craft knife to cut off about 1/4 - 1/3 off the end of one cork to be used for your horse's head. If your cork tappers, cut off the fatter end and the tapper will make a nice nose for your horse. Then cut the piece you just removed into 4 pieces to use as hooves.

Stick a tooth pick into each hoof to make legs. Make sure they can stand up.

Push the other end...Read more

Stretchy Bandana Headband

My girls and I are loving these super easy to make Stretchy Bandana styled Headbands. They are perfect for playing outside in the summer. They keep your hair out of your face and the sun off the top of your head. They take just a bit of fabric and about 15 minutes to make. This pattern is essentially a simplified version of our Handkerchief Bandana Pattern. We have quite a collection of colorful stretchy bandana headbands now!

Materials:

  • 1/2 yd of cotton fabric (half yard will make two)
  • 1/4 wide elastic

Cut out a 16" square of fabric.

Fold it over on the diagonal, right sides together. Sew up both sides. It is ok to go all the way to the edge.

Lay out your triangle with the long side on a straight edge and cut off 2" from each corner, perpendicular to the long side.

Flip your banana right sides out. You can use a knitting needle or similar to poke out...Read more

Meet Our Sponsors - July 2014

We would like to take a moment to introduce you all to our awesome sponsors. We invite you to spend a little time this morning and stop by each of their sites, if you haven't had a chance to already. They each offer wonderful products that we know you will enjoy.

 


NEW THIS MONTH


Imagine entering a shop with handcrafted toys and other items, inspired by Waldorf schools, and created from natural materials by crafters and artists from all over the world. Our shops are online, but that shop exists as the Waldorf on Etsy team.

We are Waldorf parents, Waldorf teachers, homeschoolers, Waldorf alumni and we are inspired by the beautiful, natural toys that are the tradition in Waldorf schools. We come from the mountains of California, the farms of New England, towns in the Midwest, as well as Australia, Kenya, the British Isles, Chile, France . . . We have more than 250 members from across the globe.

Our individual shops offer a plethora of toys that will inspire a child’s imagination, as well as other Waldorf inspired art and items. We...Read more

Peach Pit Strawberries

The other day I shared a post about my love for strawberries, although I was very allergic to fresh strawberries when I was a little girl. So, I guess you can say I had strawberries on my brain. It reminded of the song "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries" that my dad use to sing when I was young. It was a song from 1931, and was telling people that were living through The Great Depression in the United States, to take heart, and to still enjoy life. I was singing the song, but replacing "strawberries" for "cherries". 

Life is just a bowl of cherries (strawberries).

Don't take it serious; it's too mysterious.

You work, you save, you worry so,

But you can't take your dough when you go, go, go.



So keep...Read more

Hand Dipped Beeswax Candles

 

We spent a lovely day yesterday at one of our favorite places, Greenfield Village. The weather looked a bit iffy in the morning, following a series of bad storms the night before, which seemed to delay the crowds until later in the afternoon. For the first couple of hours we were able to meander through the village chatting with all of the period dressed workers. The highlight of the day for the kids was making hand dipped beeswax candles in colonial fashion.

Since I imagine we will be making these again at home sometime soon, I thought I would go over the process of how to make Hand Dipped Beeswax Candles.

There was a large pot of melted beeswax sitting over hot coals and another pot filled with cool water. To start with each of the kids was handed a dowel rod that had two wicks attached. They prepped their wicks by letting the wicks hang down into the pot of melted wax for a minute.

Then they took their started candles...Read more

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